The EVO 2 version of the 190E Mercedes – Benz is a very rare beast. So rare, in fact, that finding one for sale is quite the challenge.
Nevertheless, opportunities come when you least expect it, so here’s a pristine example of the German rarity available for purchase.
First things first; this year, the model celebrates its 25th anniversary and we featured an article about its achievements and specs a while back.
Officially called the 190E 2.5-16 EVO 2, it’s one of the coolest-looking Mercs out there. Why? Because the model is a homologation special and nothing beats an early-to-mid 90s race-machine in terms of looks.
These automobiles were initially normal road cars, which were modified for race spec…then modified again for road use and the end result was a flared-out, menacing looking beast that still resembled the base car. Mind-boggling!
Think about it this way: Buying a 190E 2.5-16 EVO II in the early 90s was the equivalent of buying today a DTM, road-legal C-Class.
This particular 190E is number #146 of 500 ever built and it was imported in the U.S at the beginning of the year. According to the seller, “it retains all of the original Aerodynamic and Performance parts including the adjustable front splitter, adjustable rear deck lid extension spoiler and adjustable rear wing. The wheels, fender arches, twin pipe exhaust system with perforated exhaust tip and rear window spoiler are also all original EVO 2 upgrades”.
With those kind of looks, stance and attitude, one would think the car has a gazillion horses under its hood, but actually the 2.5-litre engine develops only 231 Hp. Not much, compared to modern standards, but back in 1990, few could outmatch it.
The car was produced in May 30, 1990 and it has only 80,000 miles (128,748 km) on the clock. The owner states that the brakes are original (4 piston front calipers) and perform flawlessly, while the engine revs vigorously to its 7,700 RPM Redline as the powertrain shows sign of proper maintenance.
Truth be told, the car looks spotless for its age, but it doesn’t look spotless for the asking price. Want to guess how much it costs? No, you’re wrong. It’s actually $700,000. We’ll just let that sink in for a moment.
Is it worth the money? Sure! In 50 years or so, but not now. Yes, the car has all the rare parts, it has the heritage, the pedigree and it’s pretty rare. But c’mon, $700,000? Not even a racing variant that saw track action in the hands of titled athletes doesn’t cost that much.